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  • Friday Night Lights

  • A Town, a Team, and a Dream
  • By: H. G. Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

The 25th anniversary edition of the number-one New York Times best seller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author. Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa - the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep This In Mind When You Listen

  • By K. on 09-21-18

Worth the wait

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-17

After listening to Three Nights in August by the same author and reading various reviews of Friday Night Lights in print, I was puzzled why there was not an audiobook. Perhaps the author was waiting for the 25th anniversary edition to come out. Whatever the reason, it was well worth the wait.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,688
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,695
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,682

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Entertaining, inspiring, poignant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-16

What did you love best about Shoe Dog?

When I started this book – indeed, when I bought it -- I wondered why I would spend some of my precious reading time on it. Having just finished it, I know. It is a story of true passion, courage, creativity, sincerity, and triumph. And by the end, I can say that one of the people with whom I most would like to spend some time over a cup of coffee is Phil Knight.

  • Lone Star Nation

  • How a Ragged Army of Courageous Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence
  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Texas: From Spanish colony to statehood

  • By Brian on 04-06-05

Texas: America's Crimea

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-14

Any additional comments?

Fascinating history and extremely well written. But, in the end, when you think about it, we just took it. History has a way of repeating itself everywhere, and memories are short. So it goes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost on Planet China

  • By: J. Maarten Troost
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny but harsh with some underlying truth.

  • By Dan on 09-25-09

Thanks for writing this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-08

China is one of those places I'd rather not visit, but knowing something about it is another thing. Troost's book educates and entertains at the same time. Sure, it is but one person's account, but Troost is has a keen eye and a clever wit. The book is a delight and the narration is superb.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • What Is the What

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story Aching to be Told

  • By Susan on 04-24-13

Couldn't put it down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-07

This is an engaging, powerful book, deftly written and superbly narrated. Eggers' book, though "fiction," is a lesson in history, suffering and the resilience of the human spirit. I recommend this book without reservation.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Walk

  • The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
  • By: Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, well read

  • By Roger on 09-13-07

Profound Journey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-07

An epic story, expertly told and brilliantly narrated.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Excellent Writing, Story and Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-05

River of Doubt is a must read for enthusiasts of Teddy Roosevelt, but the story would work even without him. Candice Millard has written a book not only about an interesting phase in Roosevelt's extraordinary life, but also about an extraordinary part of the world: the Amazon. It is a compelling story told well and read extremely well by Paul Michael, who has narrated such other excellent books as Mountains Beyond Mountains. I highly recommend this book.

50 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Three Nights in August

  • Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
  • By: Buzz Bissinger
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Nordling
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book with good premise follows through

  • By Peter on 11-18-05

Beautiful Baseball

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-05

The writing is superb, the narration stellar. If you ever cared about baseball (and I don't as much as I used to), this is a compelling book about the beauty of the game. Even in this era of spoiled multi-millionaire players, there is still passion in the game, and you can feel it in each chapter of Three Nights in August.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Company of Soldiers

  • A Chronicle of Combat
  • By: Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Rick Atkinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a midnight flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February 2003. For Rick Atkinson, who would spend nearly two months covering the division for The Washington Post, the war in Iraq provided a unique opportunity to observe today's U.S. Army in combat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative and balanced

  • By miyaker on 06-22-04

You are there

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-04

No doubt this Pulitzer Prize winner (An Army at Dawn) knows how to write. He also is a solid narrator. One gets a sense of what it was like to be in boots on the ground, though Atkinson was embedded with military leadership, so it's not the Ernie Pyle account of the dogface. But, it's good writing, good narration, and gives one a perspective of the uncertainties of war and the need for innovative and imaginative leadership at all levels. For someone looking for more extensive discourse on whether we should be in Iraq, find another book, but don't skip this one altogether. It definitely expands one's perspective on the war.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

  • The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
  • By: Tracy Kidder
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book

  • By MikeInOhio on 11-22-03

Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-03

Since becoming a member of Audible over a year and a half ago, I can say without reservation that this is the best, most compelling, and most inspiring book I've read. The narration is stellar, a must for my Audible choices. But the story itself draws you in, and you can't stop reading as you follow the humble beginnings of Partners in Health, its unique founder, Dr. Paul Farmer, and the impact a small group of highly-movtivated and committed individuals has made on world health. There are many miles to go yet in the journey of Partners in Health. By reading this book, you will want to join them.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful